Kathy Griffin offered a crude and stupid stunt.

The media reacts, CNN fires her.

A noose was found in the African American Museum in Washington DC.

Most people haven’t heard of the story.

Donald Trump whines about his son seeing Griffin’s joke.

GOP is outraged.

Lebron James has nigger sprayed painted on the gate to his 21 million dollar house.

Griffin’s story leads the day.

Lt. Richard Collins III is stabbed by a white college boy for no reason.

Two men die in Portland, protecting two Black girls, one of whom was Muslim.

The President of the U.S. doesn’t take notice. Finally his official Twitter account tweets out on his behalf.

Anyone who suggests that racism is dead is living in a privileged bubble.

Black lives don’t matter the way white lives matter in this nation. They never have.

Black children don’t grow up with the knowledge that their lives are valuable in the same way their white peers do. They get the message early on that on every level in every situation that they are at a built-in disadvantage due to the color of their skin.

Yesterday a noose was found on the floor of the African American Museum in Washington D.C. Yesterday Lebron James woke up to find Nigger spraypainted across the gate of his 21 million dollar mansion.

You cannot rise high enough in this land to escape the ugly white American.

The minute Donald Trump was elected president those who had not so secretly harbored visions of a white America celebrated. The former head of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke praised Trump. The Richard Spencers of the world rejoiced openly that they finally had a person in the White House who understood them and represented their values. Trump’s CEO Steve Bannon, a well-known white supremacist became his chief White House strategist. A vocal and unabashed racist was crowned by Trump with a high position within his administration.

Next, he installed another well-known racist, Senator Jeff Sessions, as our Attorney General. Sessions staying true to his reputation, one that in the past prevented him from being considered for a federal judgeship, has already made decisions that directly impact communities of color.

Trump’s rhetoric and his actions have given license to those who hate. He has given them room to act on their rage and their ugly and people are dying as a result.

Black people dying at the hands of white people is nothing new. What is new is the hatred that was once below the surface has found comfort in a new political day. Trump hasn’t made America great again, he has preyed on our worse instincts, fear of the other and the unknown. The anger of unfulfilled lives, feelings of inadequacies, the rage that bestows a false courage has been unleashed on the marginalized. Black people, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ are all in harm’s way thanks to our president.

Where will this all end? I don’t know, but my instinct says that it going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. But if you white and straight… don’t worry, you are good to go.

-Jan Harrison

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